The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 145 incidents during the period of 7-07-14—7-13-14 bringing the yearly total to 3544 incidents.
Fire: Platoon 1 sent a full assignment to the 1700 block of LaSalle Avenue at 12:38 a.m. on 7-07-14 for a report of a building fire. An electrical malfunction in a kitchen exhaust fan motor in the 1st floor apartment was the cause of the fire and resulted in $3000 damage to the structure and contents before extinguishment.
Gorge rescue: Engine 3 and Truck 1 were dispatched to the gorge near Whirlpool State Park at 5:53 p.m. on 7-09-14 for a call of a man disabled at the bottom. Engine 3 descended the trail along with State Park Police and located the inebriated man and assisted him to the top, where he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Fire:An electrical fire in the basement of a house in the 3300 block of Simmons Avenue required a full response from Platoon 4 at 9:16 A.M. on 7-11-14. A bad neutral wire on the roof coming into the house was the reason for the problem in the basement. City electrical Inspectors, National Grid, and a private electrician were all called to the scene where 1 adult and 3 children were displaced for most of the day until the necessary repairs could be made.
Rescue: Engine 3 and Truck 1 responded to Abate School in the 1600 block of Lockport St. for a report of a man suffering a medical emergency on the roof at 12:54 p.m. on 7-11-14. Engine 3 ascended to the roof via a portable ladder and attended to the man’s distress, while Truck 1 positioned a “scissors lift” to safely bring back the man to the ground where he was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Fire: Platoon 4 was called to the 400 block of 19th St. for a structure fire at 2:43 p.m. on 7-12-14. Quick extinguishment limited the damage to the living room to $1000. Earlier in the day, residents were observed moving furniture out of the house, and the post-fire discovery of a gas can on the porch and a flammable liquid pour pattern in the living room indicated arson. Evidence was taken, and fire and police investigators remain on the case.
Fire:Another fire determined to be arson was discovered in the 1300 block of Pierce Avenue at 5:38 a.m. on 7-13-14. Platoon 3 knocked down the fire rapidly, which had started in a bedroom of a vacant house. Damage pegged at $1000 and it continues to be under investigation.
Note: Hiking the Lower River Gorge can be a beautiful experience, but some safety precautions should be kept in mind before it is attempted.The two usual ways down to the water are the “Vanderbilt” steps near Whirlpool State Park and the Devil’s Hole trail. These trails are somewhat rugged in spots and can be slippery, especially after a recent rain. Proper hiking footwear should always be worn and a cell phone should always be carried in case of an accident. People with cardiac or respiratory problems should not attempt this hike, as the ascent is arduous.